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Here's a thought for April 13

April 13, 2012
Marshall Independent

By the Rev. Loronda Schuler

Wesley United Methodist Church

In our culture there seems to be a preoccupation with busyness, a need to fill every minute of every day with activity from which we rarely take a break. Yet, I often hear conversations in which people express their great fatigue and frustration with all of this busyness. We find that these over scheduled lives which span the generations are causing stress in both the young and the old and this abundance of stress negatively effects our health in body, mind and spirit. Stress causes physiological and hormonal changes in the human body. Excessive stress can sneak up on you and you may not realize it until you experience some physiological or emotional changes.

As I sit at my computer today I am reflecting on this topic and also the early spring weather, robins hopping through the tree branches and of course the wind sweeping across the planes here in southwest Minnesota and I continue to be amazed at God's creation. Every spring we are blessed to experience the newness of life as the trees bud, the grass sprouts new and green and after the dormant winter everything comes alive once again.

The Christian community has just celebrated the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and the new life that His sacrifice brings to all who would choose to follow Him. It is so easy to forget to be thankful for new life and God's creation when we focus on all of the busyness of our lives. It is easy to let our lives get so out of balance that it results in ill health, fractured relationships, a weakening of our faith and general discontent with our lives.

We can look to God's creation as an example to follow when we need to find balance in our lives. The seasons ebb and flow with a time of new birth, growth, harvest and rest all of which are also important to our daily lives. A balanced life is one that takes the time for rest, conversation with God through prayer, fellowship with family, friends and the body of Christ, and refreshing our minds with the study of God's word.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." It is spring, a time for new birth and new life. It is a time to celebrate our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time to evaluate the busyness of our lives. It is a time to find balance in our lives and be healthy in body, mind and spirit.



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